October 16, 2016

Back At It Again: Weekly VLOGS?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed football Sunday, whether your favorite teams won or lost, I hope you spent the day enjoying the game, the food and the time with family and friends!

I'm here to quickly announce a change to the blogging schedule.

As I mentioned earlier, my goal is to blog Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. (With a little bit of forgiveness, depending on school and exams.) I didn't really mention too much about what is being posted, or specifying what day something is going up, simply because I don't want to limit myself. I want Turning Pages to be my place of self expression, without any limits.

But as the week have gone on, I found myself having a hard time posting something on Sundays. I don't whether it is because I spend the whole day watching football, doing homework and cleaning up after the weekend (who am I kidding?!), or what. I'm just struggling to find myself on my blog, getting creative.

I've always enjoyed vlogging, and sharing my daily life with you all, but have never truly pursued it. I either just couldn't find a schedule I liked, or had the ability to do it.

Daily vlogging is just taking it to the extreme, is definitely not the place I should start, due to the amount of time and effort it takes, and that I don't have that much going on daily.

So I decided I'm going to vlog throughout the week, and post a video on Sundays. That way I'm "daily" vlogging, but not really. AND I'm getting something up on Sundays, that I can prepare and complete before Sunday.

Today marks the first day of vlogs. This vlog is pretty long, much longer than I would like it to be. Also it isn't edited to the standards I wish it were, but those are all things I'm still working towards.

Vlog Sundays is the plan for right now. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any suggestions for vlogging or editing, I would very much appreciate them!

October 10, 2016

Why I've Gotten Rid of Half of My Books

Hi Everyone! Happy Monday!

The title may be a little overkill, I don't think I've gotten rid of half of my books, but I have gotten rid of a good chunk of them. My bookshelf is nowhere near empty, but it isn't as crammed full of books as it once was.

There are quite a few reasons why I purged so many of them. Not reading anymore or that I hate reading, aren't in that list (thankfully), but the list is longer than one might expect.

I'm currently 21 years old, soon turning 22. I'm at a point in my life where I'm finishing up school, searching for a career, and hoping to move out within the next 9-10 months. I'm almost a completely different person, than I was when I started Turning Pages. Being only 16 at the time, a lot of my interests have changed and a lot of my opinions as well.

Going through my books recently, I realized I wasn't interested or excited about reading many of them. Some just were too young for me, some had content in them that I would have enjoyed a few years, and some I just never got around to, simply because they didn't excite me as much as other books did.

I'm also hoping to move out with the next year, meaning I won't be able to bring all these books with me. I don't even think I would want to. I think it would be overwhelming to take the entire bookshelf crammed with books to my new place.

Besides growing out of books, I was also running out of room. I didn't want my bookshelf to be crammed, nor did I want books to be toppling onto the floor. It just didn't look very neat, and it was also hard to keep up with the dusting. If you wanted to dust, you would have to take them all out of the shelves, which takes forever. And if you didn't dust frequently enough, everything would be covered in a layer of dust.

So where did they GOOO?!?

They were evenly dispersed between friends, Half Price Books (in exchange for my textbooks), and Goodwill.

Am I getting rid of more?!


I still have a lot of books left. Most of which I'm dying to read, while some of which I know I can give away. I do want to read a lot of them, so I won't be getting rid of them immediately, but over time.

What about your book buying habits?

My buying habits aren't at the same point they were a few months ago or even years ago. I'm spending a lot of money on other essential things in life and college, and I also don't have as much time to read at the moment. 

Once I have a full time career, and have settled into a daily life routine, I will have more time to read, and enjoy picking up a new book or two every once in a while. 

Until then I'm restricting myself to the books I have, and get through those one at a time.

This was something that's been on my mind for a while now. Having so many books that are unread, is a lot of pressure. You spend so much money on these books, and they're just sitting there, waiting for someone to crack them open.

While I do still feel some of that pressure now, with almost having a deadline to read them all, I feel a lot better than I did before. I shouldn't be forcing myself to read books I bought years ago, that I know I won't enjoy. Or prevent myself from buying books, just because I have unread books from three years ago.

Have you gotten rid of any books lately? What were your reasons behind doing so?

October 03, 2016

Shifting Graduation Date & Changing Classes...Along with Some Advice

Happy Monday Everyone!

I've been thinking about this long and hard, and I've finally made the decision to go for it. I figured I'm only a senior once in college, I still have my whole life ahead of me...and I'm deciding to change my major...

The accounting internship was just too much, too stressful and gave me too much anxiety...


I hope there was no way you would believe that "I'm just a senior once in my life", what the heck? "Change my major"? After EVERYTHING I've gone through and accomplished so far, HELL NO!

But plans have changed a bit, nothing as drastic as changing my major though.

After taking my GMAT exam, I was recommended to retake it. Not necessarily because I failed the score, but just because my score was close to the cut off line, I didn't want my GMAT to risk me getting into the Masters Program.

The new plan for that is to retake it sometime during my winter break, preferably before Christmas. So I can spend Christmas enjoying the holiday with friends and family.

The next change comes along with a stupid mistake I made in my scheduling for these "last two quarters". For some reason I didn't make the connection that one of my classes is a prerequisite for another class, and that "NO Lisa, you cannot take them in the same quarter."

Sadly there was only one class time left, which didn't fit into my current schedule, due to other required classes that aren't available other times of the year.

The new plan for that is to graduate with the rest of my class in June, instead of early in March. Which also means I won't be able to start the Masters Program at the end of March, but instead at the beginning of the new school year in September.

It's crazy to think about how this one dumb little mistake, where I thought I was being smart about class scheduling, changes and shifts your plans six months down the road...trust me I've beat myself up about this...

There are a lot of positives that do come with this though, which I'm very excited for.

  • The first one being that I was able to drop one of the four classes I was taking this quarter, to lighten my load. (You have to take a certain number of credits for financial aid to go through, and to not over pay for classes.) I will be taking this class in the Spring quarter instead. 
  • I will also be able to take part in an accounting internship class, where I will be lined up to help report and file peoples taxes. (I'm trying to get into the tax field, so this will be my first real life taste of that.) I wouldn't have been able to take part in this if I was planning to graduate in March due to credits and scheduling.
  • I have also be offered a job opportunity with a small business where I would be doing some of their bookkeeping and accounting from home. I don't know too much about this, and nothing is final yet, but be able to do something in the accounting field, being able to do it while I'm attending school, and being able to work from home whenever I'm available is AMAZING!
  • And finally, I would have been able to walk across the stage with my friends at graduation anyways, but now one of my friends will be attending the Masters Program at the same time I am! So I won't be completely alone! YAY!

Ultimately I'm writing this post to speak to those of you who are feeling down about college, or classes, or test scores. Time schedules, tests, and classes may not always work out the way you planned to. Not everything aligns perfectly every time, not in school and not in life.

College is difficult. Which is why not everyone attends. And I, of all people, know how easy it is to overlook that fact, when you're sitting in a room full of smart people, in a room full of people who seem to know everything they want in life, and where they want to be. 

...but you're one of those people in that room too. You took the SAT and ACT just like those people did. You applied and were accepted to the same university as those people were. You took the prerequisites to the class you're sitting and passed them, just like those people did. You are one of those people, and while everyone around you seems to know just what they want, they are probably feeling the same stress and anxiety as you. You aren't alone. 

So don't compare yourself to those people in that room. Maybe they are just better at hiding the stress and anxiety. Don't beat yourself up about a little mistake. Remind yourself of who you are, where you come from, and what you've achieved so far in life..and then retake that GMAT, retake that class, extend your schedule, keep chugging along, until you get to where you are going.

I hope this helped some of you out. I've been feeling a bit down with the start of the school, and with all of this news being thrown at me in such a short amount of time. If you've been struggling with the same thing, or have overcome something similar, please feel free to leave a comment down below discussing your situation.

Thank you!

October 01, 2016

New Turning Pages Co Merchandise

Happy Friday!

First things first, I want to announce that Turning Pages Co has reached 100 orders just a few days ago!

I'm incredibly grateful and can't wait to see what the future holds for Turning Pages Co.

Tomorrow is officially the first day of October, which means the holiday season has finally arrived! I love this time of year, with the chilly weather, the warm drinks, and all of the things happening throughout the next couple of months.

I've been dying to add Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas merchandise to Turning Pages Co for the last couple of weeks...and I'm truly excited to announce now is finally that time!!



I also want to add some more general fall and winter merchandise, and well as other holidays and events. Its only the beginning of October, meaning there is still plenty of time to add more!

Renewed Items:

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thank you so much for stopping by!

September 28, 2016

GMAT: Studying, Preparing and Day of the Test!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I'm coming to you all a little bit later in the day...it's actually closer to eight pm here, so I'm coming to you a whole lot later. I have classes running all day on Wednesdays, meaning posts on this day of the week won't be up until night.

But what I'm here to discuss today is the dreaded GMAT exam....

With approximately three and a half months of studying under my belt over this past summer, this Monday I took the GMAT (which stands for Graduate Management Admissions Test). This is a standardized test that anyone who wants to take part in a master's program, has to take and score high enough to meet their program's required score.

If you don't really know what the GMAT is (no worries, I didn't until literally two days ago), its pretty similar to a little thing known as the SAT. The GMAT is the SAT version for graduate school. I honestly believe that the GMAT is even close to the difficulty of the SAT, the only difference being you probably haven't seen a lot of the content in the GMAT since the SAT.

I am hoping to take part in my university's accounting master program, starting this upcoming March.

The GMAT can be a pretty scary thing, it definitely was, but after going through one round of the test, it isn't as crazy as I was expecting it to be. I thought it might be helpful to some of you to answer some very basic questions about the GMAT, including why I took it when I did, what study tools I used, etc.

I'm not discussing what was on the GMAT itself, due to the illegality of doing so.


1. When did I take the test? How did I decide when I wanted to take it?

I took the GMAT this last Monday which was the 26th of September. I was very strategic when deciding what date I wanted to take the test, including various factors and components into the process.

I didn't want to have to study for the GMAT exam while taking other classes. I thought that studying for exams, doing homework, and reading textbooks alongside of studying for the GMAT would just be too overwhelming. So I knew immediately that I wanted to take it, either at the end of the summer or during my winter break.

With my program starting in March, the deadline to apply is towards the middle of October, meaning my only option was to take it before school started in the fall. I didn't mind this one bit, I think I would have chosen to go this route either way, due to the long period of free time to study.

2. How did I study for the GMAT? What studying tips do I have?

I actually studied five GMAT workbooks. I purchased these used older editions from Half Price on the clearance rack for about $2.00 to $10.00 each.

Taking a lot of these standardized tests, I've come to the conclusion they don't change much year to year, so it's okay to use last year's studying books. They're much cheaper, you already paid $250 to take the test, and they are exactly the same thing.

Some of the workbooks I used were from Princeton Review, Manhattan Prep and Wiley. Also as you are purchasing your exam, a free download with practice questions is available, I would recommend using that tool as well.

When deciding what I should study, I focused the beginning of my studying with the content I felt the most comfortable with, which was the quantitative section. I didn't want to scare myself with studying the verbal first, but instead I wanted to give myself a confidence booster, by reviewing what I already felt good about.

3. Was my score good enough for the master program?

I'm honestly not sure.

My program doesn't specifically state what the minimum score is, but the GMAT is considered more of a component to the application process. Other components include your transcript, resume, a paper, letters of recommendation, etc.

I don't feel absolutely amazing about my score, but I feel a lot better than I thought I would.

If you're stuck in this same predicament after taking the exam, I recommend talking to a councilor in the master program you want to apply to. They could tell you whether your score is comparable to others' in the program or if they recommend retaking it.

4. What would I change about my strategy of studying if I retook the GMAT?

Some changes I would make if I were to retake it, would be using different studying tools.

NOT because they weren't working or they weren't beneficial, but because doing the same thing or using the same tools again, wouldn't make sense. You already got everything you could out of the them, meaning you need to seek other sources for help.

I would probably use the free download that came along with purchasing the exam. I didn't get the chance to look into it, sadly.

I would also do some research to see if my university or local library offered workshops, where they recommended various sources of help, or gave tips and tricks to taking the GMAT.

Another idea could include talking to someone who already took the exam, and to see what they did to prepare themselves.

5. Any other tips?

Just breath and relax during the test.

Take advantage of the eight minute breaks between sections, and be sure to pace yourself through these various sections.

You've studied for the exam, you did the best you could with what you had. Don't stress, just continue pushing through one question at a time, answering it to the best of your ability.


Thank you all for stopping by! I hope some of these questions helped you out!

If you have any questions, or any helpful tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments down below!

September 26, 2016

Turning Pages Co Update

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Mine hasn't been that happy considering I spent three hours today taking the GMAT exam, and practically the entire morning stressing about it. But it was an absolutely gorgeous fall day, and decided to walk my dog afterwards, which was extremely relaxing!

I've been meaning to make this post for the last few days, but decided against it and wrote about something else each time...meaning this post is a bit over due.

So let's start with a quick update about me...

  • I'm starting my senior year of university, as an accounting major, on Wednesday. (Which is absolutely crazy to think about, especially considering the idea that I started Turning Pages back in my sophomore year in high school!)
  • I spent this entire summer attending an internship (which I've already ranted blogged about, HERE) and studied for the GMAT to get into the accounting master's program at my university.
  • I had approximately two weeks of actual summer break, one week where I went camping with a large group of friends, and the other where I went to a convention, visited a friend at his university, and visited my brother.

Enough about me though, let's get into the updates of Turning Pages Co...

  • My first post back discussed plans and goals I have for Turning Pages Co as an Etsy shop, which you can check out HERE.
  • I've been debating about how often I want to post, and have decided upon posting four times a week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and finally Sunday. When I first started Turning Pages Co I blogged every single day, and felt that half of those post were meaningless. But I also figured anything that's three times or less a week just wasn't enough.
  • The content on this blog is going to be all over the place. YES just the way I like it. Turning Pages started out as a book blog, where I reviewed an insane amount of books in record time, and over the years it's become more than just that. 
  • I still read and enjoy sharing what my thoughts about what I'm reading. I'm a college student. I'm a soon to be entry level accountant. I love planning, organizing and being creative. I run my own business on Etsy. I enjoy cooking, baking, traveling, and experiencing things. My interests and personality are wild and all over the place, and Turning Pages Co is going to a reflection of that.
  • Of course, I'm always going to take any suggestions you have to what specific content you would be interested in. So please feel free to ALWAYS leave those suggestions down below in the comments!
  • Another idea I've been toggling around is making Youtube videos. I love making them, I love talking to you all, and I love seeing your reactions. But I don't want too bite off more than I can chew right now, so I'm not promising anything yet. I'll probably make the occasional video to go along with a post, but nothing steady or scheduled by any means.

If you enjoy the organized messed, and don't mind the widely ranging content (whatever I'm in the mood for or thinking about that day) then please stand by!

Thank you for stopping by!

September 25, 2016

Accounting Internship

As promised in my last post on Friday (Turning Pages Co Improvements & Goals) I'm here today to discuss my Accounting Internship experience.

If you're a college student or even a high school student, you are constantly reminded that employers are looking for candidates that have experience. Which is pretty twisted considering they want freshly graduated students...with at least two years of prior experience...don't ask me how this possible, but as a "soon-to-be-graduated student" this is the struggle I'm facing while looking for my first accounting position.

We are constantly recommended to take part in an internship or two, to get a first real taste of what the field is like that we have been studying for.

Sounds like a good idea, but being an intern is nothing like actually having a position there...and I can fully attest to this statement.

I was lucky enough to find an internship that asked me to work full time,  and the entire summer long. Also they were paying me a pretty good hourly rate, so everything sounded amazing about being an intern there.

I went into the interview having practiced with my dad as to what questions they might ask, and how I would answer those. My dad hires and gives people a job for a living, so he knows a lot about interviewing candidates.

The interview...was quite...interesting? When I left, I wasn't even sure if that was actually the interview, until I received an email asking me to accept the position.

The interview lasted approximately forty five minutes or so, and consisted of them asking me, if I had any questions for them...which completely threw me off, considering I was ready to fire off my answers to any questions they had.

I remember just having to ask them a lot of questions, and the only question they had for me was what I liked doing in my free time. I answered reading, which he then furthered asked me more about what book I had just finished.

The interview ended with them again, asking me if I had any questions, which by this point in time, I thought this whole thing was fake and a waste of time...so in the most sassy way possible, I answered "No! Do you guys have any for me? I feel like you've talked the whole time." They laughed and said no.

I didn't expect to hear anything back, but within just a few days I received the offer.

The first sign of how this internship would be going, is when I first arrived, and they hadn't set up anything for me. There was a desk, with no chair, no computer, and no office supplies. I spent the first two hours standing behind someone, shadowing them and waiting for my desk to set up.

There was never a introduction as to what the company provided, what their beliefs are, or anything in that sense. I was just thrown right in, as if I was an employee training.

The first week was based upon a simple outline, which we stopped following almost immediately. Considering I would be there for almost four months, the outline probably wouldn't have been enough for half of the timeline, anyways.

The toughest and most annoying part, is that I felt the entire time that my "manager" (the controller who was "mentoring" my internship) wasn't interested in having me there. He always pushed me off to someone else, didn't take the time to explain anything, himself, to me and overall just wasn't interest in hosting an intern.

And trust me when I say this, he would consistently remind himself, myself and all of the other employees that my classes would start at the end of September, hinting that this internship would end then as well.

As the intern, there isn't much I can say or do about this, without risking the probability of me being hired on full time.

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Another ridiculous thing was that people I was suppose to shadow, themselves, didn't even know what to do with me. I was just pushed off to them, and told to watch what they do. Some people I shadowed weren't even in the accounting field, which confused them (and me) even more.

I spent 8.5 hours, 5 days a week for almost 4 months, mostly sitting around and waiting for something to come my way. Employees didn't want to give up any of their own tasks to me, and would occasionally hint at me to start scanning this document cabinet with papers from the 1970's. I knew all along that I was here to learn about accounting and how it's used in daily tasks, not to become someone office assistant, scanning papers that no one has looked at since they were created.

As the internship was coming closer to an end, I was still unsure as to whether it would continue on throughout school. I was told initially in the "interview" that it most likely would, but throughout the entire program it was never mentioned again. The only reason as to why I wanted it to was that it would likely lead to a full time position, which would be amazing to have a job lined up before graduating.

I asked the CFO, and he said yes it would. A week later he came back to me and informed that it wouldn't and he apologized...at this point in time I was just frustrated and done wasting my time and learning nothing. I still had two weeks left, wanted to make the extra pocket money, and keep my reference, instead of just walking out.

On my last day, I was given a review sheet, where they explained to me how I performed. Again, it was very vague, and didn't make much sense. One point they attempted to make was that I should have taken notes and asked more questions. But I should have taken notes instead of asking questions as well...but I should have felt comfortable asking questions.

Half of the time they would treat me and make me feel like I was an employee there, and should take initiate as if I was. Then the next moment they would treat me like a intern and ask me to back off.

I spent the last four months completely confused, stressed and filled with anxiety.

Looking back at things, I'm grateful that the internship didn't continue throughout the school year. With the stress and knowledge that no one wanted me there was plenty of reason not to continue. I may have not learned a lot of accounting, but I did learn a lot about life and what I want in mine.

Would I take part in another internship?

I might. But most likely not, considering I'm done with my bachelor's degree by March and hope to have a full time accounting position by then.

I would love to hear about your internship experiences, so please feel free to comment down below with them!!